Monday, October 27, 2014

How to make a 15 minute upcycle apron

A few days ago I found this really cute but small red halter dress at the thrift store for $1.50. I knew at the time it would never fit me, but on the off chance that it might fit one of my girls I picked it up. It turned out to be too small, so I needed to use it in another way.

 I decided to make it into a halter apron. The whole process took me no more than fifteen minutes. I use aprons

 very often, not just to cook but when I am painting and crafting. If I have a pocket on my apron it gives me somewhere to keep supplies such as scissors and portable phones.
I first cut two inches in from the center back seam on both sides of the seam.

 This gave me a four inch strip of fabric. I could have cut it wider and used the strip to make ties but I decided to use another fabric in a matching red that I had in my fabric stash. After I cut the center back out, I surged the raw edges. I then cut out a matching strip of fabric four inches wide and 30 inches long. My fabric was 60 inches wide so this worked out great. I folded the ties in half and stitched along the long edge with a ¼ inch seam. I turned the strips inside out (this took longer than the whole project). I matched the strips right sides together and folded the serged edge under ¼ inch on both sides.

 The ties were flipped to the right side when I turned the hem. I also stitched the ties close to the edge on the ties. The final step was to iron the apron and all of the new seams. This is always very important if you want professional results.

The end of a very quick apron session


  1. What a clever way to upcycle a pre-loved halter neck dress, Cherie!!! Looks easy to do and such a practical apron.

  2. That is super-clever. An idea to pin for sure.

  3. Thank you Dee, it worked very well for me

  4. Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot.